Could this be the injury that forces the Braves to sign Craig Kimbrel?

first_imgKimbrel is reportedly looking for a deal in the $39-$52-million range to sign with a team.The Braves don’t have a great bullpen, they really don’t have a closer and yet they remain a contender to win the National League East.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNSigning Kimbrel would go a long way in helping the team repeat as division champions.All that being said, it has been reported by that Kimbrel is closing in on a contract with a new team.Who that team is remains to be seen, but the Braves were mentioned as having interest along with the Brewers.Atlanta is reportedly being cautious with how it spends its money considering the limitations the team has in the international signing market, but with the loss of Vizcaino, this may be the nudge the team needs to make the move. Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino underwent a likely season-ending surgery to repair his labrum and remove scar tissue on Tuesday.Is this the moment that forces Atlanta to go out and sign free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel? However, the same thing was said when Milwaukee lost reliever Corey Knebel to season-ending surgery at the beginning of the year and nothing happened there, so it’s quite possible Kimbrel could still remain unsigned despite the health concerns for Atlanta.But at the time, too, Kimbrel was rumored to be asking for a deal in the $100 million range and his price tag appears to have dropped in the few weeks since then.Taking that into account, things appear to have changed on that front, so a signing could be very near for the man who sits 14th all-time with 333 career saves.last_img read more

Florida QB Harris investigated for sexual assault

first_imgIn this Sept. 13, 2014, file photo, Florida freshman quarterback Treon Harris (3) warms up prior to an NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida freshman Treon Harris went from potentially becoming the starting quarterback to being suspended indefinitely in a matter of hours Monday.Harris was banned from all team activities by the football program while authorities investigate sexual assault allegations made against him.The school said Harris has been accused of sexually assaulting a female student around 3 a.m. Sunday — hours after he helped Florida rally to beat Tennessee 10-9 in Knoxville — at an on-campus residence hall.The University Police Department is investigating the alleged assault and working with the Gainesville Police Department to assist with collection and analysis of forensic evidence. A GPD forensics crime unit truck was parked outside the residence hall Monday afternoon.“We have no tolerance for sexual assault on our campus,” university President Bernie Machen said in a statement. “The university is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for every member of the UF community.“We must strive to protect all of our students from sexual harassment and assault, and do everything in our power to promote a safe learning environment.”Harris, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound Miami native, has not been arrested. His attorney, Huntley Johnson, said he doesn’t expect his client to be, either.“We are cooperating with the investigation,” Johnson said. “And I would be surprised and disappointed if he ends up being prosecuted.”UPD said the incident report was still being finalized and would be released in the next day or so.It’s unclear how long the investigation will take, but it almost certainly means Jeff Driskel will start Saturday night’s game against LSU.Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was not charged after a woman said he sexually assaulted her in December 2012. It took several months for the State Attorney’s Office to complete its investigation before announcing the Seminoles QB would not be charged because a lack of evidence.Prosecutors cited inconsistencies in the evidence and the woman’s story. Winston continued to play during the investigation.Florida suspended Harris almost immediately Monday after the allegation was made.Harris was in position to be named the starter Monday, but Florida canceled its weekly media available with coach Will Muschamp because of the investigation.Driskel hasn’t played turnover-free football since the season opener and really struggled the last two games. The fourth-year junior completed 39 percent of his passes for 142 yards, with a touchdown and five interceptions against Alabama and Tennessee. Muschamp benched Driskel near the end of the third quarter against the Volunteers, and Harris led the Gators (3-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) to 10 points on his first two possessions.Florida held on to win, extending its winning streak in the series to 10.Muschamp declined to name a starter after the game and suggested he could use two quarterbacks the rest of the season.Harris surely would have been the popular pick. He has completed 4 of 6 passes this season for 165 yards and two scores, showing pocket presence and more mobility than Driskel.last_img read more

Local Insurance Agency Recognized by Large Professional Organization

first_imgFacebook55Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Ronelle Funk Insurance, Inc. Ronelle Funk, president and CEO of Ronelle Funk Insurance, Inc., was recently recognized by the Thurston County Multiple Listing Service Association (MLSA) with its “2016 Affiliate of the Year” award. The award was presented at the large business organization’s annual Officer Installation and Holiday Social earlier in December at the Hotel Red Lion in Olympia. Ronelle Funk is the president and CEO of Ronelle Funk Insurance, Inc. with multiple locations in Thurston County. Photo courtesy: Ronelle Funk Insurance.“Ronelle is well-respected in our community and participates in many community and charity events,” 2016 MLSA President Rae Anne Toth explained. “Her business success reflects the respect that she’s earned, having grown significantly—enough to require opening her second insurance office in Lacey. She is a stellar example of a strong business woman that younger women can look up to and learn from. She is a wonderful asset to our community.” Funk owns and manages two of the area’s Allstate Insurance offices, one in the city of Lacey and another in Yelm. She has been a resident of Thurston County for 29 years and attended South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC), later graduating from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 2005, Funk earned her master’s degree in mental health and counseling from Saint Martin’s University. She has advised people on their insurance needs for the last 18 years.A member of the Allstate Against Abuse Team, Funk joined efforts to help victims break free from domestic violence through financial education and empowerment. She is a Yelm Community Schools Business Partner and sponsors local baseball and tee-ball teams, Yelm Dollars for Scholars, the Nisqually Home and Car Show, the YWCA and many other events and organizations. She and her family participate in and sponsor the annual Olympia Toy Run, joining motorcyclists that donate money and toys to the Salvation Army for children in need.Ronelle Funk is very active in community building and charitable events such as the Olympia Toy Run. Photo courtesy: Ronelle Funk Insurance.Funk has served as the president of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce and was named its 2014 Business of the Year. Ronelle Funk Insurance was also recognized as the Best Insurance Agency in the Nisqually Valley in 2010 and Allstate customers voted it number one in customer service within a five-state region. Her business has been nominated as the “Best of South Sound” Insurance Agency by The Olympian newspaper readers. “This MLSA award is very meaningful to me,” said Funk. “The organization is an amazing local group of professionals that serve the real estate industry and have a great read on our communities. Like so many MLSA members, my company and staff truly care about the families and households that trust us to help them protect their most important assets and we want to give back to the place where we live and work.” Thurston County’s MLSA is a networking group of nearly 200 professional members and affiliates that include real estate brokers, loan officers, inspectors, insurance agents, builders/contractors, movers, interior designers and other real estate industry services. The group meets Tuesday mornings for breakfast at Pellegrino’s Tyee Event Center in Tumwater, Wash.last_img read more

Bombers flying high to start High School hoop season

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers sent a strong message to the rest of the Kootenays the road to the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Basketball Championships travels through the Heritage City.For the second weekend the Bombers made it to a tournament final, this time winning the Mount Sentinel High School Boy’s Basketball title with a convincing 72-47 victory over the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks Saturday in South Slocan.Last weekend in Kamloops, LVR lost to the NorKam Saints in the final of the Westsyde Wundas tournament. “The thing that impressed me about the tournament was the team play,” head coach Blair D’Andrea told The Nelson Daily Monday.Jason D’Andrea pour into 34 points to lead the Bombers to the lopsided victory. “Jason wasn’t shooting that well in the first two game but was unconscious through three quarters when I took him out,” D’Andrea said.LVR made it look easy against the rebuilding Hawks. John Zak had 14 points while Garrett Perry added 10.LVR advanced to the final by outlasting the Selkirk Storm of Kimberley 89-66. The contest was close for until LVR tightened up the defensive pressure on the Storm.Clay Rickaby was a force in the paint, collecting 24 points while pulling down countless rebounds. Zak had a strong game with 20 points while Jason D’Andrea has 21. Perry added 10 points.“We wanted to send a message back to the East Kootenay we are the team to beat to go to provincials,” D’Andrea exclaimed.LVR gained some revenge in the opener by pounding the Osoyoos Rattlers 70-21. The Rattlers upset the Bombers in the final during the 2009 Mount Sentinel Tournament.This season the contest was over early. Rickaby led all scorers with 26 points while Zak scored ten.The Bombers 5-1 on the season, get a huge test as the club travels to Cranbrook Friday to compete in the Mount Baker Wild tournament.LVR will see some very strong AAA opposition from Alberta along with the always-tough Wild.However, the Bombers will be looking to send another message to the East when the club meets Golden, a perennial contender for the Kootenay AA Zone title.Wolves hit by StormSelkirk edged Grand Forks Wolves 59-57 in the consolation final earlier Saturday at Mount Sentinel while Nakusp edged Heritage Christian 71-68 in the fifth-sixth contest.Host Mount Sentinel rode the 21-point performance of Steve Hernandez to dump Osoyoos Rattlers 65-33 to finish seventh [email protected]last_img read more

Superstorm Sandy fails to stall New York Marathon, run scheduled to go ahead as planned on Sunday

first_imgThe New York Marathon will go ahead as scheduled on Sunday despite the huge damages from Superstorm Sandy, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said.Marathon officials were proceeding as planned to stage the annual event that runs through all five boroughs of the largest city in America, but they were awaiting the final word from city officials regarding the staging of the race, reports Xinhua.Flooding and power outages remained a concern around the city and subway and other transit systems are still shut because of the damage caused by the superstorm.Mary Wittenberg, president of the New York Road Runners, said the organising group was set to hire private contractors to replace city workers who would typically handle such things as security and medical needs for the race.Meanwhile, Elite Kenyan runners supposed to participate in the marathon have delayed their departure, awaiting confirmation that it was safe for them to fly to New York.According to Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat, the federation was awaiting communication from organisers after the city was ravaged by Sandy on Monday.”They are still around (in Nairobi) waiting to be told of their travelling plans and I can confirm none of them has left the country yet,” Kiplagat said.”We expect communication by Thursday so that we can be certain that our athletes will be safe. What happened there is very unfortunate and we understand the pain organisers are going through.”Berlin marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai said they were concerned about their chances of making it in time. “I have seen what happened there on television and it was a huge blow to the city. My colleagues left here (Eldoret) Tuesday but I understand their flights were held back.”advertisementlast_img read more

Ronaldo the only winner in Spanish football’s civil war

first_imgWorld Cup Ronaldo the only winner in Spanish football’s civil war Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor 06:00 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Getty Images World Cup Portugal v Spain Spain Portugal Real Madrid Primera División Cristiano Ronaldo Sergio Ramos Transfers Opinion The Portugal superstar looks perfectly poised to take advantage of the chaos caused by Julen Lopetegui’s dismissal on the eve of the World Cup “You’re a f***ing w****r and you can stick your World Cup up your arse!” So said Republic of Ireland captain Roy Keane to manager Mick McCarthy before walking out of the Republic of Ireland training camp on the eve of the 2002 tournament in Japan and South Korea.As exits go, it was arguably the most divisive in World Cup history. As Keane’s team-mate Niall Quinn later wrote of what became known as ‘The Saipan Incident’, “It ultimately caused a huge controversy in Irish society.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move He wasn’t exaggerating. Even the Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) tried to broker a peace accord between Keane and McCarthy but it wasn’t to be.Instead, the Irish nation effectively became embroiled in a sporting civil war over who was right and who was wrong.Sixteen years on, Spain is just as divided. The country’s preparations for the 2018 World Cup were thrown into chaos by the decision to sack coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before their opening game, against Portugal in Sochi.Flanked by new boss Fernando Hierro at Thursday’s pre-game press conference before a packed media room in the Fisht Stadium, Roja captain Sergio Ramos did his best to present a united front. When he arrived, he was all smiles, happily agreeing to a photographer’s request to stand side by side with his fellow Real Madrid legend, a man he had grown up idolising.Just over 20 minutes later, though, his mood had been adversely affected by the pessimistic environment in which he had found himself: “I’m going to leave this press conference now because it feels like a funeral in here when, in fact, tomorrow we’re going to play in the World Cup, which is a marvellous event.”To put it mildly, this was not how Ramos had envisaged his first World Cup as Spain captain kicking off, amid chaos and controversy, and a plethora of questions over whether his squad had been split in two by Lopetegui’s dramatic dismissal.Ramos, unsurprisingly, insisted that the players remained united. “I can say this clearly, there’s no division whatsoever,” he stated. “We all have our opinions, that’s only human. But personal feelings do not come into it. The goal is the same. “Some of what has happened will make us feel a bit sad and players can have different opinions; that’s only human. But this an opportunity to make ourselves stronger.”Fernando Hierro Sergio Ramos SpainReading between the lines, it was obvious that the sensational decision by Spanish Football Federation chief Luis Rubiales to fire Lopetegui for agreeing to take over at Real Madrid after the tournament has not gone down well with every player.That is hardly a shock. Lopetegui had revived La Roja after a meek Euro 2016 exit. They were united and undefeated under the 51-year-old.As Ramos pointed out, “Julen will be a part of what happens in this World Cup, regardless of what has happened.”The fear now, of course, is that the whole affair has damaged Spain’s morale. Fernando Santos insisted earlier on Friday that Lopetegui’s dismissal had changed nothing. “Spain have been playing the same way for 10 years, so I’m not expecting any surprises,” the Portugal boss said. However, there is no denying that Lopetegui’s sudden exit – and Real Madrid’s role in it – has altered the entire complexion of Spain’s campaign.Considered the favourites by many after going unbeaten under Lopetegui, who took over after the tame Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Italy, there is now a huge question mark over how their squad will react, particularly with news by now having filtered through from Madrid that their former boss has described as his dismissal as “the saddest day of my life since the death of my mother”. Cristiano Ronaldo PortugalGoing by Ramos’ statements – “some of what has happened makes us feel a bit down” – there is huge sympathy for Lopetegui. In Spain, though, some believe that Rubiales was left with no option but to dismiss Lopetegui, believing that he disrespected the role of national team boss by agreeing to join Madrid just over a month after signing a contract extension with the RFFF.However, others feel that Rubiales put personal pride before the national team. Many Madrid fans are also adamant that had Lopetegui been joining any other side than theirs, Rubiales would not have wielded the axe. Real president Florentino Perez insinuated as much in his remarkable press conference, one which has only solidified the perception that this is now the mother of all club-versus-country rows: Madrid versus Spain.Of course, any dressing-room discord could be ruthlessly exploited on the pitch by Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, the world’s most lethal finisher. Despite their status as European champions, and the continued excellence of their captain, the Seleccao had not been expected to challenge Spain for top spot in Group B but now nobody knows what to expect from a side that will now be led by Hierro, whose only previous coaching experience was a short and unsuccessful spell in charge of Oviedo two years ago.The former defender says that he does not plan to make any significant changes. “Much of the coaching staff is the same,” he pointed out. “So, not much is going to change in two days. You’re going to see the same Spain, a team that tries to be the protagonist in games.”Nobody, though, is more adept at stealing the limelight than Ronaldo and, given the events of the past 48 hours, it would not be at all surprising to see him claim centre stage on Friday night.As Ramos conceded, “To be honest, I’d rather have Cris on my team than against me.” Especially in circumstances such as these.Ronaldo could well be the only victor from Spain’s civil war.last_img read more

10 months agoSao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio chasing Europe move

first_imgSao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio chasing Europe moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio retains hope of moving to Europe.Caio admits he underwent a Barcelona medical this month, though they eventually went with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo.He said, “Of course you get frustrated, but it’s part of football.”I think positively, it has never been easy for me and it won’t be easy now.”I’m staying calm and firm, knowing I have three more years on my contract at Sao Paulo.”I feel calm waiting for an opportunity and one day I want to play in Europe.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Harvey Weinstein indicted in New York rape case

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Harvey Weinstein was indicted Wednesday on rape and criminal sex act charges, furthering the first criminal case to arise from a slate of sexual misconduct allegations against the former movie mogul.Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the indictment brings Weinstein “another step closer to accountability.”The announcement came hours after Weinstein’s lawyers said he’d decline to testify before the grand jury because there wasn’t enough time to prepare him and “political pressure” made an indictment unavoidable.A statement issued through a Weinstein spokesman said the 66-year-old film producer, who has denied the allegations, learned of the specific charges and the accusers’ identities only after turning himself in Friday. With a deadline set for Wednesday afternoon to testify or not, his request for more time was denied, the statement said.“Finally, Mr. Weinstein’s attorneys noted that regardless of how compelling Mr. Weinstein’s personal testimony might be, an indictment was inevitable due to the unfair political pressure being placed on Cy Vance to secure a conviction of Mr. Weinstein,” the statement said, referring to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.Vance said in a statement that the Weinstein camp’s “recent assault on the integrity of the survivors and the legal process is predictable.”“We are confident that when the jury hears the evidence, it will reject these attacks out of hand,” Vance said.Weinstein was charged Friday with rape and criminal sex act charges involving two women in New York, as a grand jury continued hearing evidence in the case; the panel has been at work for weeks. Defendants have the right to testify in a grand jury’s secret proceedings but often don’t, for various reasons.Weinstein faces rape and criminal sex act charges involving two women in New York. Dozens more women have accused him of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to assault in various locales.He has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex, and his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said Tuesday that Weinstein was “confident he’s going to clear his name” in the New York prosecution.Brafman called the rape allegation “absurd,” saying that the accuser and Weinstein had a decade-long, consensual sexual relationship that continued after the alleged 2013 attack.The woman, who hasn’t been identified publicly, told investigators Weinstein confined her in a hotel room and raped her.The other accuser in the case, former actress Lucia Evans, has gone public with her account of Weinstein forcing her to perform oral sex at his office in 2004. The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assaults unless they come forward publicly.Vance, a Democrat, came under public pressure from women’s groups to prosecute Weinstein after declining to do so in 2015, when an Italian model went to police to say Weinstein had groped her during a meeting.Police set up a sting in which the woman recorded herself confronting Weinstein and him apologizing for his conduct. But Vance decided there wasn’t enough evidence to bring charges.Gov. Andrew Cuomo, also a Democrat, ordered the state attorney general to investigate how Vance handled that matter.last_img read more